So I just got a call at work from a PR person for a prominent private bank—you’d know it—and, as one does, I Googled her for a little background information before calling back.
Here’s the picture that popped up from her active Twitter feed:
Cute, right? Not too professional, though.
I’m always confused when younger people who do this sort of thing—and I see it a lot. I had one young woman come in to apply for a position at Worth who described herself on her Facebook page as a Communist. (Did she think I wouldn’t look?)
She didn’t get the job.
People who post this stuff either don’t realize that other people can see it (but they’re so social media savvy!), in which case they look dumb, or they do realize and don’t care, in which case they may be making a political statement (though probably not intentionally) about the arbitrariness of professional and personal life distinctions in the age of no privacy.
Which is all well and good, but somehow I don’t think this private bank, a conservative institution, would appreciate the argument. (And how can the bank not know? Yikes.)
The phenomenon that seems to me to explain this is the idea, which I find common among twenty-somethings and younger, that one should never have to make any sacrifices regarding the expression of personal identity just to make it in the work world.
I think I’d put it the other way around. If you want to make it in the professional world, it’s probably best not to post anything on social media that fundamentally undercuts one’s professional image.
But it’s also possible that I’m just old-fashioned that way…